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Nine Year Ban Fails to Eradicate Asbestos Related Diseases
Date:11/27/2008

Nine years after its use was banned, statistics show that nearly 4,000 people in the UK die each year from the effects of asbestos exposure whilst at work.

Manchester,UK (PRWEB) November 27, 2008 -- On 24th November 1999, the Government's ban on the use of Asbestos came into force. Nine years on, statistics show that nearly 4,000 people in the UK die each year from the effects of asbestos exposure whilst at work. This figure, as predicted in 1999, exceeds the number of people killed in Road Traffic Accidents and the figure is set to rise. Yet despite these shocking figures, tradesmen and women continue to become exposed and fail to recognise that dangers still exist. The dangers of exposure are still so great that the Health & Safety Executive are currently running a campaign highlighting their concerns.

Although white, blue and brown asbestos have all been banned in the UK, the material remains in the fabric of some 500,000 buildings in the UK. But many workers seem to believe that the ban means no future exposure is likely. This couldn't be further from the truth. Exposure is still possible if cutting or drilling disturbs the asbestos fibres during any refurbishment of a building built before 2000. If asbestos is damaged whilst being worked with, the fine fibres become airborne and can be inhaled. Whilst protective clothing such as face masks is available, it is not always used. Partners of workers can even be exposed to asbestos from coming into contact with their clothing. Those most at risk work or have worked in the following trades: plumbing; building and bricklaying; roofing; ship building; flooring and carpentry and joinery. There's no known safe level of asbestos exposure. Put simply, the higher the levels of asbestos and the longer the time someone is exposed to it, the greater their risk of developing problems. Only now are we experiencing the after effects of e
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